Current Job Openings

Opportunities with Parks and Recreation


There no full-time positions available at this time.


Gymnastics Instructor

Teach gymnastics classes for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation department this fall. Toddler Time and Parent & Tot classes (ages 1-4 years) are taught Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Tumbling and Junior Gym classes for older students (ages 5 & up) are taught Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Classes run September 15 - December 12. There is an opportunity to continue in the winter-spring. Classes are held at the Depot Park Freight Building near Downtown Santa Cruz. Experience teaching gymnastics is required. Employment is contingent on a fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice. Instructors are paid 60% of class enrollment plus $20.00 a day for equipment set up and break down. To apply, submit Instructor Contractor Application to Call 420-6176 for more information. 

Santa Cruz Teen Center
Recreation Leader II - $10.5963/hour - Position Open Until Filled

• Assists in organizing, and implementing daily activities. Must plan and implement 1 activity/event per week.
• Supervises the maintenance of equipment, supplies, and facility; coordinates site and activities when needed with program partners.
• Prepares documents such as event flyers, program evaluation forms, publicity, permission slips etc.
• Completes department forms and reports as needed.
• Acts as cashier and makes deposits when required.
• Provides lead supervision for teen leaders, volunteer staff and program participants.

• Working knowledge of recreation programs, services and activities for teens and their appropriateness; and strong interest in working with teens and young adults.
• Interact effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of individuals (teens, young adults, parent, business community).
• Respond calmly and effectively to spontaneous and/or emergency situations.
• Accurately prepare reports: weekly calendars, letters, program evaluation forms, memos, accident reports, parent correspondence, permission slips, etc.
• Attend all staff meetings
• Ability to work with teens & co-workers from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to enforce and explain program and facility guidelines, policies, and procedures.
• Flexibility and willingness to work irregular hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.
• Ability to maintain neat appearance, and wear program uniform and closed toed shoes while working.
• Strong communication skills: ability to understand and give verbal and written instructions.
• Independently initiate and complete work activities.
• Effectively motivate and supervise a number of teens at one time.
• Clearance on fingerprinting of all employees is required before work begins.
• Must be 20 years old at time of hire.

• High school diploma or G.E.D. and 2 years of college experience.
• 1-2 years paid or unpaid experience leading activities in teen programs, activities or services in either a traditional or non-traditional recreation setting.
• Recreation, P.E. or Education/Child Development course work preferred.

• Possession and maintenance of current certification in First Aid and CPR prior to starting work.
• Proof of negative tuberculosis test or clear chest X-ray results.

OTHER HELPFUL SKILLS (not required):
• Bilingual/Bi-Cultural strongly desired
• Experience or knowledge of substance abuse issues (i.e. drugs and alcohol)
• Experience or knowledge of violence prevention issues in the youth community
• Familiarity with local community organizations and resources very useful


To apply use the Print Job Application Form. If you have more questions? Email or call Robert Acosta (831) 420-5276


Recreation Leader II - $10.5963/hour - Position Open Until Filled

Reports to: Recreation Supervisor
Designation: Temporary/ On Call
Program Length: Year round
Starting Wages/Hours: $10.5963/hr
Application deadline: Immediate. Return application to: Parks and Recreation Office, Attn: Special Events
323 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-5270
The City of Santa Cruz in an equal opportunity employer.


Under supervision of the Recreation Leader 4, assist in the administration of special events and other programs as needed.


• Assist with the day of duties of City special events and programs.
• Purchase, maintain and transport all event supplies.
• Work with the public to convey event information and direct customers to various activities within the event.
• May assist with parking direction/information for day of event parking.
• Move equipment and set up event tents and tabling.
• Report daily to Recreation Leader IV.

Knowledge and Abilities:

• Independently initiate and complete work activities.
• Understand and give effective written and verbal instructions.
• Compose written correspondence, promotional materials and reports, i.e. press releases, PSAs, fliers, letters, memos, monthly reports, etc.
• Maintain accurate budgetary files, reports, and records.
• Interact effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of individuals.
• Respond calmly and effectively to emergency situations.
• Effectively motivate and supervise event participants and spectators.
• Working knowledge of special events.
• Report to work on time, as scheduled.
• Willingness to work irregular schedule.


• High school graduate or G.E.D.


• Neat professional appearance.
• Provide DMV printout.

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